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Taiwanese University Establishes College of Informatics: Uniquely Combining Technology, Humanities, Law and Science

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Taiwanese university received approval from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to establish the College of Informatics. The Department of Computer Science, the Digital Content and Technologies (DCT) Program and the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP), which are now housed in the College of Science, will shift towards the College of Informatics. In the digital era, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data have become global trends. As a result, cross-domain learning and application are now imperative.

The university has been actively planning and preparing to create the College of Informatics for more than ten years. The establishment of the College of Informatics is a new milestone for the university. It features a fusion of information technology and academic consortium in the fields of law, humanities and social sciences.

Apart from the development goals: research, pedagogy and application of information technology, the projects will involve AI, big data analysis, information security, system for mobile communication, and Internet of Things (IOT). Through collaboration with other subjects, the College of Informatics is dedicated to producing cross-disciplinary talents.

The first Dean of the College of Informatics

The chair of the Department of Computer Science also expressed his enthusiasm towards the establishment of the College of Informatics. He pointed out that the expansion of the pedagogical resources and the cooperation between the colleges will bring broader learning opportunities for both faculty and students. Meanwhile, all of these efforts will promote the digital transformation of domestic infrastructure.

Crossing the multiple fields of studies, such as information security, international communication and international finance, the College of Informatics will provide a master’s program regarding information security and personal information protection by collaborating with the College of Law. Besides, a master’s program in global communication and innovative technology will be offered by collaborating with the International College of Innovation. Additionally, the College of Informatics’ “Bachelor Program in Artificial Intelligence Applications” has also received approval from the MOE this year.

The College of Informatics is devoted to providing interdisciplinary courses for students with non-IT backgrounds and cultivating a new generation who is able to apply information technology knowledge and cross-domain expertise at the same time. It also aims to promote interdisciplinary research and integration among teachers, allowing the knowledge assets in the fields of humanities and social sciences to adapt in the digital era. The College of Informatics is looking forward to leading the university to realise the vision of digital brainpower and a knowledge economy on a long-term basis.

As reported by OpenGov Asia, Another Taiwanese university has established the College of Semiconductor Research (CoSR) that also has been approved by the Ministry of Education. The institute will be headed by the Academician of Academia Sinica, whose research in immersion lithography has had a major impact on the semiconductor industry worldwide. With the university’s strength in technology and interdisciplinary studies, the CoSR will certainly become a major force in semiconductor research.

This college will consist of four disciplines: Semiconductor Device, Semiconductor Design, Semiconductor Process, and Semiconductor Material. Each year it will enrol about 80 master’s students and 20 doctoral students. The first batch of students will be admitted as early as the spring of 2022.

Domestic universities already turn out plenty of graduates for the semiconductor industry in Taiwan, so that the CoSR’s main focus should be on raising the nation’s international competitiveness. To realise this vision, the university wants to cultivate each student into a specialist, generalist, innovator and problem solver.

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